World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas will "likely" be forced to undergo an elbow surgery. Tsitsipas, 23, has been bothered by an elbow injury for months and the injury worsened over the last few weeks. Tsitsipas was forced to retire his opener at the Paris Masters after just six games due to the injury.
Still Tsitsipas decided to play the ATP Finals but he pulled out of the event after just one match played. If Tsitsipas indeed undergoes an elbow surgery, he would certainly miss the Australian Open.
Tsitsipas described the pain as 'unbearable'
"In Paris the pain was unbearable so I had to quit from that game, I've never retired in a match - it was very painful for me to let the crowd down and not play that match," Tsitsipas said during his pre-tournament interview at the ATP Finals.
"But, I had to, it was for my safety, my well-being, and I don't regret doing that. In the last couple of days I have been practicing with a little bit of pain but recently I'm feeling much better than when I started, five six days ago.
It's heading toward the right direction and I'm doing everything possible to recover from it." Tsitsipas failed to win his maiden Grand Slam title in 2021 and his goal for 2022 is to finally make a breakthrough at the Grand Slam level.
"Overall I'm happy with where I stand and I think I'm going to have to take an extra step and try and aim for even higher next year,” Tsitsipas said. “That will require new fresh goals and also trying to improve in my regards when it comes to becoming more professional and working to find where the one percent lies, or the five percent where I can benefit from it and I will of course have my team to help me get to that five percent that I'm looking for."